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    Blacks Have a Hard Time "Code Switching"?

    I was just watching MSNBC, and one of the guest said that part of the reason why blacks have a hard time finding employment in skilled office jobs is because they have a hard time "code switching". This is when people switch up their demeanor and speech according to their environment. In other words, blacks don't know how to leave their speech in the hood when placed in professional environments.


    Any of you notice this working in office jobs throughout your working life?

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    It's true, miggas be talking hood to directors. Stop saying u know what I'm sayin
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    Quote Originally Posted by sankofaa View Post
    It's true, miggas be talking hood to directors. Stop saying u know what I'm sayin
    Is it worse down here than it is in NYC?

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    I wanna laff..

    but first do u mean on the interview? Or are u saying blacks dont get promoted because they dont talk professionally in the workplace?

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    Quote Originally Posted by T-MAKAA View Post
    I wanna laff..

    but first do u mean on the interview? Or are u saying blacks dont get promoted because they dont talk professionally in the workplace?

    Across the board

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    what you expect when five years ago if one got some money and left the "hood" one was considered uncle tom sellout

    if one speaks properly one is considered unkle thomas clarence

    for example when me used to seh me dont want go to any hood club, parade or be around too many hoodrats
    it was considered strange now nobody going to parade cause its too hood


    good tred opti
    yet you wont get far cause nobody on himix is hood
    lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by optimizm View Post
    Across the board
    You really think alot of us blacks go into interviews and speak in an unprofessional manner?

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    Quote Originally Posted by T-MAKAA View Post
    You really think alot of us blacks go into interviews and speak in an unprofessional manner?
    That's why I'm wary of that assertion. I don't think blacks are incapable of alternating their speech or demeanor to suite their environments. Anyone with an ounce of sense knows what's appropriate or not when faced in professional situations.

    Others in this thread say otherwise though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jigga Boozy View Post
    what you expect when five years ago if one got some money and left the "hood" one was considered uncle tom sellout

    if one speaks properly one is considered unkle thomas clarence

    for example when me used to seh me dont want go to any hood club, parade or be around too many hoodrats
    it was considered strange now nobody going to parade cause its too hood


    good tred opti
    yet you wont get far cause nobody on himix is hood
    lol

    You really think so?

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    Yes I've seen this on the job.

    Oh, and how about there was someone that would speak professionally but then say things like "lookded" -__-

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    Quote Originally Posted by T-MAKAA View Post
    You really think alot of us blacks go into interviews and speak in an unprofessional manner?
    I doubt that is the crux of what was said. But as people get comfortable they show their true colors more and more. Some black people don't know how to turn off the informal characteristics. I never even realized it had a term for it. Funny throughout the years I would always get odd looks when people meet me for the first time after having had conversations. The combination of my first name and the way I speak in professional environments leaves them totally confused when they match the image with the rest lol.
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    Quote Originally Posted by optimizm View Post
    You really think so?
    so you dont notice a pointed difference between the ways people are completely distancing them from hoodrattery vs a year ago?

    there is a ting called pavlov dog
    people have those responses when they have a certain mentality or livign a certain culture

    hence its not that people wanna do the nah mean sawhamsayn
    its brainwashed in the mind

    much as if one is from the caribbean and comes to merca
    if you speak your patois constantly vs if you talk like a yank or valley girl
    it changes your thinking and pavlov dog responses/reactions

    speech and its connection to the mind and its environ is very much underestimated

    much as if one listens to rap music, its a subcionsicous thing that plays over and over in the mind

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Bo$$ View Post
    I doubt that is the crux of what was said. But as people get comfortable they show their true colors more and more. Some black people don't know how to turn off the informal characteristics. I never even realized it had a term for it. Funny throughout the years I would always get odd looks when people meet me for the first time after having had conversations. The combination of my first name and the way I speak in professional environments leaves them totally confused when they match the image with the rest lol.
    Yuh first name is Taekwon or something? haha

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    Quote Originally Posted by optimizm View Post
    That's why I'm wary of that assertion. I don't think blacks are incapable of alternating their speech or demeanor to suite their environments. Anyone with an ounce of sense knows what's appropriate or not when faced in professional situations.

    Others in this thread say otherwise though.
    Of course blacks can turn it off and on. It's whether you choose to or not. I've seen ppl that choose not to-- not many, but I've seen it.

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